19 fang-tastic things to do with your little monsters this Halloween

With Halloween falling in the same week as half-term, there’s plenty of family-friendly events taking place around the region from a ghost train to pumpkin ten pin bowling.

Monday, 21st October 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Monday, 21st October 2019, 5:00 pm
Halloween Night at Beamish Museum in County Durham

If you’re looking for some fang-tastic inspiration for things to do, we’ve rounded up some of the best events for you and your little monsters.

Sunderland is preparing to welcome a new spooky festival. From October 25 to November 3 the city will be alive with things that go bump in the night, scary installations and the opportunity to take part in Sunderland’s first “immersive horror experience.” The festival will offer entertainment for all ages, culminating in a community parade bringing together groups from across the city on the final weekend. Torchlight city tours, glass pumpkin making workshops and Halloween art zine workshops at Sunderland Culture, spooky pub quizzes, fright night cinema and a trick and treat trail through the Bridges are just some of the many events planned across the city. A range of free and paid for activities for children will take place across a number of locations including at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and the National Glass Centre.
The Ghost Train is at Tanfield Railway on October 26 and 27. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for creatures lurking in the dark and things that go 'shunt' in the night! Take part in gruesome games and taste some fangtastic food and drinks. Be amazed by the bizarre bubbleologist, frightened by the freaky fire breather and much more. Tickets are priced at £14 per person.

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A trick or treat trail inspired by this year's Cinderella panto takes place at Sunderland Empire on October 28 at various times. The gruesome Ugly Sisters have been at it again and smashed up all the pumpkins to stop Cinderella from going to the ball! The Prince has demanded that the terrible twosome embark on a journey through the eerie Empire and put the pieces back together otherwise they’ll be banished from the land, and they can only do this with the help of dreadful boys and girls. The trail features many tricks and treats plus a fancy dress competition. The cost is £4 per person. Note: the event doesn't feature actors from the panto.
Halloween nights are incredibly popular at Beamish and the only one of its nights with tickets remaining is October 23. Experience a spooktacular evening of tricks and treats as Beamish is transformed into The Un-living Museum of the North from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Ticket prices are - adults £14, child (3-16 years) £10, under 3s free - and they need to be bought in advance.
A Halloween Spooktacular takes place at National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool from October 29 - 31. Creepy crafts take place from 11.30am to 3.30pm on October 29, 30 and 31. Create your own creepy bookmark so that you can keep your place in your latest spooky story book. You can also make bats, vampires and maybe some owls too. There will also be spooky storytelling on October 28 from 11am to 4pm. A storyteller will be on site to share spooky stories of witches and ghosts from the North East's lesser known folk tales. All activities are included with a general admission, membership or return ticket. Under 5s go free.
There will be a family fun filled Ghoulish Garden at Alnwick Garden with spooky trails, creepy crafts and frights galore. The trail is designed to take families around The Garden in search of spooky creatures. They’ll stumble across tombs and skeletons and many more Halloween spooks. Join budding artists as they craft wands and potions to protect you this Halloween. Highlights are: Wand Making - 19th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th and 31st October (these wands are made with live willow, to plant when you get home). Potion Making - 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th and 30th October. Pumpkin Carving (26th - 31st October) - 11-1130am, 12-12:30pm, 130-2pm, 230-3pm. £5 per pumpkin.
Arbuthnot & Pals’ Wizarding Adventure is at Customs House, South Shields, from October 30 to November 1. After their success in ‘Adventures in Oz’ Arbut and Pals are back. Arbuthnot and his cousin Dennis receive letters telling them that they are wizards. They travel to a magical castle but will they fit in, in this strange new land. Featuring plenty of audience interaction, songs and dancing this is the perfect October half-term treat for kids of all ages. Tickets are £8.50.
The organisers of the North East’s biggest scream park are proving that Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, with a special event for the whole family this month. 700 Acres Ltd has unveiled plans for its Family Fright Fest, at Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield, with a packed programme of activities for children of all ages. Little ones can head to the spooky tales tipi, visit the pumpkin patch to pick out their own, make some Halloween-themed treats at the arts and crafts tipi and enjoy a range of fairground rides. A giant yurt will be home to the farm’s very own wizard school, where visitors can take part in broomstick training and make their own wands, and the iScream attraction will host a family-friendly maze throughout the day. The Family Fright Fest takes place from 11am to 4.30pm on 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31 October. Children under two go free, with tickets costing £7 for those aged two to 12 and £10 for anyone over the age of 13. A family pass for two adults and two children is also available, priced at £29.
Can you find all of the creepy creatures hiding around the Museum and Winter Gardens including wolves, spiders and bats? £2.50 per entry.
Halloween trail and pumpkin carving will take place at Souter Lighthouse in South Tyneside on October 26 & 27 from 11am–4pm. Follow a spooky indoor trail to claim a prize then put your pumpkin carving skills to the test. Will yours be funny, cute or scary? You choose! £3 per pumpkin.
Free Halloween activities for all ages take place at Elba Park on October 31 from 1pm to 3pm. Head to the picnic benches near the car park off Chester Road for broomstick making and spooky rock painting. There's prizes for fancy dress.
On October 28 and 29 get into the seasonal spooky spirit by crafting your very own broomstick and magical wand, the ideal finishing fancy-dress touch for little witches and warlocks. Then, on October 30 and 31 pick your own pumpkin from Jarrow Hall’s pumpkin patch. Learn how this spectacular fruit grows and develop your ghoulishly creative skills by carving a pumpkin into a Halloween jack-o-lantern in the Thirlings.
Halloween half-term fun is at Washington Old Hall from October 28–November 3 from 11am–3pm. Every day during October half term there’ll be a fun family activity at Washington Old Hall, from willow craft to holding a scary beast. If you’re brave enough, you can give the ‘Guess what’s in the box’ a go. Normal admission charges apply.
Out of the shadows is taking place at Cragside from October 26 to November 3 from 10am–4pm. Head to Cragside this October half term as the National Trust shine a light on dark tales and hidden histories at the home of electrical light. Discover the darker side of Cragside with eerie shadow displays, torchlight tours and illuminating tricks of the light. Normal admission charges apply.
A familiar acting partnership is about to take a slightly more sinister turn. Ray Spencer has joined the cast of Dracula: The Travesty, which is guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats over the Halloween period. He will play Van Helsing alongside Davey Hopper’s Dracula in the comic take on the Bram Stoker tale – a frightfully funny panto with teeth. Dracula: The Travesty, produced by The Customs House in association with Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC), comes to The Customs House for four nights, from Tuesday, October 29, to Friday, November 1, at 7pm.
Get creative with Halloween themed family-friendly crafts in the Discovery Centre at Washington Wetland Centre all throughout the October half-term from October 26 - November 3. Drop-in sessions are from 1pm - 2.30pm. Small costs may apply.
Ten Pin 'Booo'ling but using a pumpkin takes place at Bamburgh Castle from October 26 until November 3 from 10am to 4pm. It's not as easy at looks but great fun for all the family This is included in your admission price and is located in The West Ward near the Armstrong and Aviation Museum
Head along for some creepy craft fun in the education room from 11am to 3pm on October 29. All materials provided. The cost is £3 per child.
Glass Pumpkin Demonstrations take place from October 21-25 and 28-31 at 1.30pm. Come along and observe the skills of studio glass blowers as they create a beautiful glass pumpkin. And if you really love the end result, each piece they make is also available to buy. Note: the make your own pumpkin sessions have sold out.